Evergreen Trail Runs were my introduction to trail races, so I have a soft spot for the series. I’ve been racing less this year, but finding that sweeping races is a great way to get quality time out on the trails and see all those fun runners, while keeping things low-key. Combined with my need for more heat training, sweeping Echo Valley was a no-brainer! Off to Chelan…
The Evergreen races are super-accessible. There are all different distances, from 10K to 50K. The races start at different times, which meant the sweeping started at the civilized time of 9:40. It was already WARM out, so I was glad to be puttering along behind all of the runners; not racing. This is a really, really beautiful course. I’m amazed that so few people show up for this race. I really hope it catches on more… people are missing out. It’s a fast course – a relatively modest 4,000 feet of climbing – but with plenty of variety and challenges. For a west-sider used to running through thick rain forests, the wide-open views are a treat.
Some of the views from the course:
The sweeping took me a little off of the 50K course – but this is pretty close to it.